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As the London Art Fair be­gins, we look at the one-off items on of­fer, which in­clude sculp­tures, paint­ings and screen prints.

London is one of the most ex­cit­ing places in the world for art, and ev­ery month there are art fairs across the city. This month, the London Art Fair, which is now in its 27th year, be­gins. The event has a huge ar­ray of artists, from big names to new tal­ent, which makes it the per­fect place to visit.

The fair fo­cuses on mod­ern Bri­tish and con­tem­po­rary art, which ranges from pho­tos to paint­ings and sculp­tures to ceram­ics. Those with VIP tick­ets can at­tend a pre­view one day be­fore the pub­lic, which in­cludes drinks and canapés. Dur­ing the week, VIP ticket hold­ers can also take part in tours and events at fa­mous gal­leries, from the Tate Mod­ern to the Royal Academy Of Arts.

While you are at the fair, pick up a unique sou­venir from one of the ex­cit­ing artists. Look out for An­gus Fairhurst, a Young Bri­tish Artist and con­tem­po­rary of Damien Hirst. He died in 2008, but his legacy lives on: his prints on sale in­clude the bold Pro­pos­alForAPublicS­pace (pic­tured).

An­i­mal lovers should check out the work of Ni­chola Theak­ston; her sculp­tures cap­ture the beauty and bru­tal­ity of an­i­mals, from a grace­ful ape to fight­ing hares (pic­tured).

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There is also an ex­hi­bi­tion that fo­cuses on lead­ing Bri­tish fig­u­ra­tive painters of the 20th cen­tury, who in­clude Lu­cian Freud and David Bomberg. You can even get into the spirit of the Swing­ing Six­ties by look­ing at the col­lec­tion of Bri­tish Pop Art, which in­cludes Richard Hamil­ton, Ed­uardo Paolozzi and Peter Blake.

The fair has al­ways been a hit. Last year saw 30,000 vis­i­tors from as far afield as Aus­tralia, Rus­sia and Asia at­tend, mak­ing it a popular event for lo­cals and vis­i­tors. London Art Fair. 21-25 Jan. T: 020-7288 6736. www.lon­donart­fair.co.uk

A sculp­ture from London Art Fair

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